Skip to main content

The fate of Dulwich Hamlet

Dulwich Hamlet are one of the highest profile non-league clubs in the country. It is not easy being a non-league club in London because of the lack of clear community identities in some parts of the city, the existence of a wide range of leisure options and competition from Premier League and Football League clubs.

However, Hamlet are the epitome of metropolitan cool, and indeed have little direct competition in the immediate area. They attracted a bumper crowd on Non-League Day for a match against Needham Market.

Their future is in doubt because of a complex three-cornered struggle between the property group that bailed them out, Southwark Council, and the club itself. The intention is to redevelop Champion Hill and relocate them to a new site. Meanwhile, they face financial challenges in terms of their wages budget when compared with the likes of Billericay Town (although it is still bigger than many non-league clubs at their level).

The Independent has produced an excellent in depth report on the challenges they face: A complex dispute

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Short keeps hold of hotel

Ellis Short will be able to recoup some of the money tied up in the £140m debts he has cleared to facilitate the sale of Sunderland. The agreement with the purchasing consortium does not include the Hilton Gardens Inn hotel which is situated opposite the Stadium of Light.Short will also retain an area of land next to the hotel which has planning permission for a further development, with the two having a combined valuation of £30m.

Baggies are debt free

West Bromwich Albion has been released from a mortgage on the stadium an other assets, a filing at Companies House shows. The club appears to be debt free, so is in a strong position in the transfer window, much needed given their relegation threatened position.I would like to express my sadness at the passing of that great footballer, Cyrille Regis.

Are Blades borrowing for transfers?

Sheffield United have taken out two loans secured on club assets from Shawbrook Bank which provides loans to those unable to borrow from commercial banks. There will be an extra 7.5 per cent penalty interest charge if they fail to meet repayments.After an excellent start to the season Blades have faltered recently. They are currently sixth in the table, but sixth from bottom in the form table. Manager Chris Wilder has said that the side needs strengthening and plans to be active in the January transfer window. Could the loans be for this purpose?The formal documentation is available online, although it says nothing about the amounts involved: Filing history